I found out I have a herniated disc L-5. I found out by having a mri in June. I have been on Lyrica for 5 or 6 weeks. I have also have been having physical therapy for about the same amount time. My pain level has decreased from 8 or 9 to a 3 or 4. I don't hurt near as often or as bad. When I first wake up it takes about 1 hour to loosen up and after that I have very little pain for the rest of the day. My question is, I have heard that a herniated disc can heal on its own but how do I find out if it is better. Is there a test the doctors can do? I don't know if the therapy is working or is the reason the lyrica. I work in a cemetery doing labor. I am 57 years old.